For many years I served as an officer for The GOOD Directorate, Inc.
The Directorate had been collecting patents and copyrighting everything from programs and inventions to drugs, everything they could get their dirty lawyers' hands on, including even basic human needs and concepts. The copyright laws were extended first by twenty years, then a hundred and then to infinite perpetuity. Once the Directorate copyrighted sleep, there was no stopping them.
The troubles started when the Directorate activated project ANNET - a Neural Network that could connect the human mind to the internet, allowing users to browse the net constantly, using eye blinks and thoughts to get information about any product, play games or even watch movies in their sleep. Can you imagine three billion people connected to the net all the time?
We thought we could save the world with information, but since this information came mostly from entertainment companies and corporations the most important things were simply filtered, ignored or lost amidst terabytes of pop culture garbage.
At first the Neural Interfaces were simple blue head-bands, but with increasing technological advances they became smaller and eventually were almost unnecessary as the directorate started to broadcast the net at the same frequency as the electrical impulses that compose our thoughts. Anyway, I might be screwing up the technological side of the story as I am not a designer or programmer.
This is where my memories become hazy and confused.
I was one of the few rare human beings alive not able to connect to ANNET via the Neural Network interface and thus I remained in a dead-end job, not being able to browse the net with my thoughts and unable to afford proper sleep. The head-band did nothing for me and the neural transmitting towers gave me a constant headache. Every time the network tried to connect to my mind when I closed my eyes, I got terrible nightmares, and horrid visions of the future and, over time, these made me lose track of reality.
First 3 frames painted by Grimhel: http://grimhel.deviantart.com/
Rest by alexiuss: http://alexiuss.deviantart.com/
2nd December 2011